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    Kinetic 48033 F/A-18D ATARS kit decal sheet

    I have one Kinetic kit already and will happily build more. My only complaint about this release is that it's a shame about the -533 option being removed. That's the squadron I'd build. Any other option for those markings?
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    Italeri 1/72 Top Gun F-14 and A-4 set

    The number on Iceman's tail markings are movie accurate. VA-25 markings, VF-213 titles. Maverick's tail art came from an E-2 Hawkeye squadron. I normally don't buy cheap knockoff decals, but I think the ones I've seen on ebay are better quality than these.
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    1/48 Tamiya F-14D

    Thanks, guys. I ordered two sets from Hobby Easy. They look fantastic.
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    1/48 Tamiya F-14D

    I'm enjoying my Tamiya F-14D so far It's even better than their A! Any aftermarket source for closed aperture GE exhaust nozzles? The kit only has open ones and I am building this jet in cruise.
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    1/48 Tamiya F-14D

    Thanks, Neeko. All the other stuff I knew, but the GPS dome I couldn't find references for and didn't trust the instructions. Thanks for clearing that up for me.
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    1/48 Tamiya F-14D

    I am building the F-14D as a VF-11 line jet from 1996. Would this jet have had the GPS antenna on the spine? The instructions call for it on all options but I'm not sure this is true.
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    1/48 Tamiya F-14D

    Anyone have some shots of the VF-11 option they could share? All sorts of imagry has been made public about the three high-viz liveries but nothing on the Red Ripper jet that I have seen.
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    1/48 or 1/72 Carrier Airwing Decals?

    Sold for the VF-41, VA-82, and VA-35 markings!
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    Fightertown Decals and the Tamiya Tomcat...

    Desert Storm and mid-90's era VF-213 would be cool to see. Gee, Brian. I guess you better stay in business and keep making decals.
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    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    Call this a bit silly, but I think the aircraft on AMK's box art launched from the waist catapults and the perspective is near the bow. The compressed oleos make no sense though.
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    Fightertown Decals and the Tamiya Tomcat...

    Great! Now I can buy 4 or 5 of them like I should have done with the first release.
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    Fightertown Decals and the Tamiya Tomcat...

    Yeah, that was him. I was saying he could rerelease that sheet or at least those jets from the movie.
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    Fightertown Decals and the Tamiya Tomcat...

    Of course, rereleasing the Top Gun movie jets wouldn't be a terrible idea. Maybe a sheet with the Tomcats, Scooters, and F-5s and some of the background airplanes. I remember a row of VF-1 jets with black wolf heads on the tails in one scene.
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    Fightertown Decals and the Tamiya Tomcat...

    How about a series of full coverage compilation sheets like the new one you are about to release that features one or two of the jets from several of your sheets? A CAG or CO and a line jet (or two if the markings don't vary much) from say 3 or 4 sheets all together. Just thinking of the earliest Fightertown releases as an example, a CAG and a line jet from VF-24, VF-143, VF-102, and VF-211. With the F-14D coming out, maybe do last cruise VF-31 CAG, CO, and a line jet on a sheet with VF-213 CAG, CO, and line jets. This might be a way to provide subjects you've already covered without re-releasing the entire catalog. I know that I'd buy them, even if some of them are planes I already have your decals for. Of course, many of your sheets don't have artwork requiring precise fit to the tail or rudder like VF-143 and VF-211 do, but these new Tomcat kits are going to generate demand for decals of several squadrons and Fightertown makes some of the best. A lot of us have bought your sheets in the past and used them, and would love to do them again, better this time and on a more worthy and accurate kit.
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    Building Hasegawa Tomcats in the age of Tamiya

    The Hasegawa F-14 was top of the pile for so long that it had something of a coconut effect on the hobby. I remember folks questioning the Tamiya kit tail for a while because it didn't match the Hasegawa tail and it turned out the Hase kit was wrong, being too tall and too narrow. But it was telling that the Tam kit came under fire briefly for not matching the Hase shape even when that shape was incorrect.
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